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Old 03-03-2006, 09:44 AM   #1
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Default Give your beer some time out

I think the best advice to any newbie brewer is to just be patient!

This was brought home to me when I made a batch of Bavarian lager. After 6 weeks in the bottle it still tasted harsh and smelt like bad drains. So I stored some bottles in a cardboard box and put them aside.

I tried one last night, after 11 weeks in the bottle. Guess what? It's now a really nice, smooth drink.

In hindsight, I think I made the brew a bit too strong, so it was straying into bock territory. It just needed some time to mellow.


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Old 03-03-2006, 01:27 PM   #2
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It just needed some time to mellow.
It's called 'lagering' and your experience is completely normal. The higher the alc% the longer you have to lager.
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